A Nasa partnership
Destination Mars. When Nasa puts its first man on Mars in 2030, he’ll probably be wearing a Dainese suit, a spacesuit that will have little in common with the ones we see today. Lightweight, not bulky; skintight, not clumsy. Elegant. You can bet your boots.
An unimaginable application, a suit that incorporates almost all the aspects studied so far and Dainese knowledge. Nasa is currently researching the ways in which Mars can be explored in 2030 and is already designing the vehicles and equipment the astronauts will use.
The bulky spacesuits worn today that are pneumatically pressurized by a special device on the back will be replaced by lightweight suits that ensure greater freedom of movement. Dainese became involved in this ambitious challenge at the request of M.I.T., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Boston.
In technical terms, mechanical pressurization will replace pneumatic pressurization in a suit that under normal atmospheric pressure on Earth will look normal but at the zero pressure prevailing in outer space will prevent the human body from expanding while giving it the maximum freedom of movement at the same time. This suit will be based on the principle of the "lines of non-extension" postulated by the US scientist Arthur Saul Iberall during the '60s. Practically speaking, the suit will be aided by certain points in the human body to which high pressure can be applied without limiting freedom of movement.
The suit's constructive materials are yet to be defined. Will this be the key to movement in the future?